Ohio State sophomore forward will miss second straight game

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Ohio State sophomore forward Marc Loving did not make the trip to West Lafayette for the team’s game at Purdue Wednesday night, as he was suspended indefinitely by head coach Thad Matta. And according to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, Loving will miss a second consecutive game when the Buckeyes visit Rutgers on Sunday.

Matta said Wednesday that the reason for the suspension was “off-court,” but neither he nor the athletic department has revealed further details. Loving’s father has not returned messages seeking comment.

Matta announced the news Friday afternoon. Averaging 11.7 points per game, Loving is the team’s second-leading scorer and also their top three-point shooter. Without him, Ohio State needs another perimeter scoring option to step forward while he’s out of the lineup.

Ohio State shot 42 percent from the field in their 60-58 loss to Purdue Wednesday night, making just four of their 15 three-point attempts. The Buckeyes will be expected to take care of Rutgers even without Loving, but the Scarlet Knights did manage to upset Wisconsin at The RAC earlier this season.